Tuesday, October 20, 2015

A Halloween themed stroll down memory lane

I made the mistake of looking at the calendar to see how many weeks between Halloween and Christmas.  Don't do it!  Seriously - don't do it!  Enjoy dressing your kiddos up and filling yourself them full of candy because, before you know it, we'll be running around like a bunch of crazies trying to get everything finished up before Christmas!

So, for now, let's just take a trip down memory lane (cue the waterworks!) and reminisce about the last ten years of Halloweens with these adorable kiddos! #biased
While I'm Waiting...a Halloween themed stroll down memory lane
Back in the day, we would get together for a family Halloween/birthday party for one of our friend's son.  It was so much fun and everyone joined in!  Yes, I even convinced Mike to go as Diego and I went as Dora!  I was still nursing Holden and I must admit, seeing Dora nurse a octopus must have been quite funny!  :) #andprobablyinappropriate
While I'm Waiting...a Halloween themed stroll down memory lane
 Oh my goodness!  They were so little!  These kiddos are big 10 year olds now 
(and I seriously want to recreate this picture!). While I'm Waiting...a Halloween themed stroll down memory lane
These two cute super heros - they have been friends for so long!  
While I'm Waiting...a Halloween themed stroll down memory lane
Mike and I went as Thing 1 and Thing 2 in 2005 while Holden wore Colby's hand-me-down frog costume.
While I'm Waiting...a Halloween themed stroll down memory lane
In 2007, all Colby wanted to be was an Aggie football player.  I love a good theme so it was easy for Mike and I to go as referees.  As much as I love a theme, sometimes you just can't pull it off for the whole family.  I really wanted to dress Holden as a football, but I couldn't pass up the chance to dress her as this precious "mingo" as she liked to call them.  They were her favorite zoo animal at the time!
While I'm Waiting...a Halloween themed stroll down memory lane
Colby was still wanting to be a football player in 2008 so he went as Brett Favre.  We had just returned from Disneyland and Holden was all about Tinkerbell.  It did make our costumes easy to decide!  I was Wendy and Mike was Captain Hook.
While I'm Waiting...a Halloween themed stroll down memory lane
I was out-of-town for the 2009 Halloween party but I cracked up when Mike sent me this picture.  Holden was suppose to be Ariel from the Little Mermaid!  When Mike tried to dress her she flipped because the costume was "too itchy!" (how many moms have been there?!) so he looked in her closet and found this chicken costume my mom had scored on clearance.  So, here's Frankenstein and a chicken!   
While I'm Waiting...a Halloween themed stroll down memory lane
Halloween 2010 - have I mentioned we love a theme?!  :)  Sweet, baby Hope was just two months old - aaahhhh!!!
While I'm Waiting...a Halloween themed stroll down memory lane
For 2011, Holden wanted to be a witch and Colby wanted to be a werewolf.  Sadly, the older they get, the less cute their costumes get. :(  I had saved Holden's octopus costume and I couldn't wait for Hope to wear it.
While I'm Waiting...a Halloween themed stroll down memory lane
Hope wasn't quite as impressed!  This is possibly my most favorite Halloween costume picture.ever!
While I'm Waiting...a Halloween themed stroll down memory lane
Halloween 2012 - the soccer player and a couple of cute Dalmatians!  I made the girls' costumes using a white t-shirt, black fabric paint, and lots and lots of tulle!  My favorite part?  They used dog bowls instead of bags for their candy!  
While I'm Waiting...a Halloween themed stroll down memory lane
2013 - it was an understatement to say that Hope was into Doc McStuffins!  So, she went as Lambie and I went as Doc!  Holden was a "cheetah cat" and Colby was some weird morph thing wearing a rainbow afro.  The rule in our house is you have to dress up to
trick-or-treat - I think he might be reaching the maximum age!  ;)
While I'm Waiting...a Halloween themed stroll down memory lane
And this was last year...here's what I notice as I look back over these pictures.  Obviously, these kids have worn me down. #completelykidding #kindof We went from trying to pull off a theme to a morph suit, super girl with leggings that might have been too small, and an Aggie cheerleader (keep in mind, we don't even have cheerleaders!).  But, they were all super excited and we got to spend a fun night as a family. #winning

Normally I would be so excited that Halloween was on a weekend and not a school night but the Aggies have a home game this year.  Oh how I was crossing my fingers for a night game!  Why?  Cause tailgate trick-or-treating sounded WAY fun!!!  But, nope - we found out yesterday that the game is at 11:00 am.  Bummer!  Hope is the only one with a costume and I'm pretty sure you'll see her dressed up just like every other 4-6 year old girl this year! #descendants
While I'm Waiting...a Halloween themed stroll down memory lane
I'm linking up with Andrea at Momfessionals for her Show and Tell Tuesday.  Stop by and see all the other fun trips down memory lane!!!
Super excited to be apart of this Halloween blog hop - be sure and check out 

Have a fabulous week!  Gig 'em and God bless! 
Holly

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44 comments:

  1. Loved your theme costumes! I was never that kind of mom although one of the first years after i met Tony, and he owns a pest control business, I dressed up as a technician and my girls were bugs! #nailedit

    I wanted to tell you that one of our daughters Sigma Alpha sorority sisters (and fellow home town girl from tulare) is going to A&M for grad school! She just announced it two days ago. Taylor is so excited for her sister and already planning to go visit! I think my daughter will eventually end up there as well, because Ag Management Grad schools are hard to come by and my daughter is a die hard Bulldog AND Aggie fan. She is die hard AG anything! Have a fabulous day!

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    1. Thank you so much, Kim! It's always fun to get our ideas together! I'm trying to convince the bigs to go as a cowboy and an indian...we'll see how good my power of persuasion is on this one! :)

      I LOVE that your girls dressed up as bugs and you as the technician! #awesome #definitelynailedit

      Is it completely dorky that I'm excited that one of your daughter's friends is coming to A&M?! That's great!!! Please tell her that I'm not a weirdo and that if she needs anything to please let me know! My hubby was born and raised in CA and came to A&M for Ag Systems Management. #smallworld

      I can't wait to see if she loves Aggieland as much as we do! ;)

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    2. I was worried that you would think I was dorky for sharing that information with you! I will see Chandler this weekend at the parents bbq, so I will tell her I 'know" someone in College Station! Her parents are both teachers here in Tulare and Chandler is just a super sweet young woman but I can not imagine going off and not knowing ANYONE! Eeek! That just may be my Taylor if she accepts a job out of state. Thank you so much for being so kind. It does seem weird but I feel like we know each other just thru this and IG! I will be in touch!! Thank you again!!

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    3. My hubby applied to Cal Poly and Texas A&M. He received acceptance first from A&M, loaded his truck and drove to Texas. Keep in mind - he had never even visited the school!!! Crazy! I couldn't imagine doing something like that! But, he loved it and has made Texas home for the last 20 years (crap! that makes us sound so old!). Tell Chandler not to worry! Aggieland is the friendliest campus she'll ever be on! She'll get settled in no time (but I'm here if she needs me!).

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  2. I love, love, love that you get in to the spirit too!!!! That octopus though- so cute!

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    1. I loved that octopus costume!!! It's so cute when they are just starting to walk and all those legs are everywhere!!! Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  3. OMG! I LOVE this post! You had me at the Cinderella funny and then I saw all the costumes! So much fun!!

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    1. Ah, thanks, Laura!!! It's always a fun time of year!

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  4. Wow, you all had some cool costumes!! It's so nice to have all these pictures to look back and how your family has grown and all the fun times you have together. I might dress Cocoa :) We always said we would never be those people that put a sweater on our dog but she gets so cold so we bought her one :) Hope you are having a nice day!!

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    1. I think you should definitely dress up Cocoa!!! Even our furry children need to celebrate Howl-oween! ;)

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  5. I ADORE your creativity and how you all dress up!!! That octopus is SO cute…. and love the skeleton ones too!!!

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    1. Thank you so much, Sarita! I wasn't much on dressing up when I was younger but it's definitely more fun when you have kiddos! Thanks for stopping by!

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  6. I never comment on things but I found your post through Andrea's and had to comment! These costumes are so precious! What special memories you've made for your kids dressing up for them! I really love the doc mcstuffins :-)

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    1. That was so sweet, Megan! I appreciate your comment!!! It's a lot of fun and they do get bummed when we don't dress up too! Not sure that we'll dress up this year but I'll at least wear a fun Halloween t-shirt! ;) I'm so glad you stopped by! Hope to see you around again soon!

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  7. I think you missed Alice in Wonderland and the Madhatter ;) Love, love this! I totally did not remember Colby being frakenstein....but hell....I didn't even remember that Hope was an Aggie Cheerleader last year. omg

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    1. Bahaha!!! I was thinking "should I include that picture" - heck no! I'll keep that one safely tucked away! Thankfully it doesn't look like me! Girl, I couldn't remember what any of my kids were last year!!! #omg #losingmyeverlovinmind

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  8. I can't believe how much you put into this! Absolutely adorable for everyone involved. They all could win best costume!

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    1. You are so sweet, Michelle! It's fun and the kids look forward to it. And, mama really loves to dig out all the chocolate and hide in my secret stash after they come home from trick-or-treating. #winwin :)

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  9. All of their costumes are so cute, and I especially love the fact that your son wanted to go as an Aggie football player one year! I thought that the South Carolina game was going to be a night game. I guess that they were just hoping and we got an early game.

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    1. I felt like all the moms in Aggieland let out a huge sigh when they released the gametime. I really, really don't want to tailgate, go to the game, tailgate some more and then trick-or-treat. :( But, I will! :) #takeonefortheteam

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  10. I love looking at these pictures, but it is kind of sad too. My girls are 18 and 21, so no cutsie costumes anymore. But we did dress in Disneybound this summer for our trip to Disneyland!

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    1. It is kind of sad when you realize how quickly they grow up! Seems like yesterday that Mike and I were dressed as Dora and Diego with just two kiddos!

      I love that you guys dressed up for Disneyland! So much fun!!!

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  11. I love how you all get into the action! Those dalmation costumes are my favorite! I dressed up in something very similar many, many years ago :)

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    1. It really is a lot of fun! Sadly, we aren't dressing up this year. I think we need to work on that for next year!

      I know there was a reason the girls dressed up as dalmatians but, for the life of me, I can't remember why! #mombrain It was a fun costume to put together (even if most people thought they were cows) haha!!!

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  12. I love all your costumes...such fun dressing up as a family!

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    1. Thank you, Emily! I think all the conversations before when we are trying to decide are just as much fun! They can come up with some crazy ideas! Thanks for stopping by!

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  13. My daughter that just got married is a Cal Poly alum! 2011. And she still makes her home there !! San Luis Obispo is a beautiful town!!

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    1. See?! Small world! We quickly drove thru SLO on a recent road trip from NoCal to SoCal and it was very, very beautiful!

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  14. Oh my word this was so fun to look through! Love it! Thanks for linking up today! xo

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    1. Thank you, Jessi! It's always fun to look back and see how everyone has grown and changed! Thanks for hosting! I'll see you again next week!

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  15. Oh my goodness Holly, how precious!!! I have a post next week about our Halloweens over the years. We don't have kids, but we have always done stuff each year :) This was so cute!

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    1. I can't wait to see it!!! I love posts that take a trip down memory lane! So fun!

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  16. LOVED READING YOUR POST...cute costumes and what a fun time your family always seems to be having. Great idea to take that trip down memory lane.

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    1. Thank you, Pamela! It's always fun to have a reason to dress up! Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  17. Your pictures are so adorable. The best one hands down is the baby looking at herself in the mirror wearing the octopus costume. They sure do grow fast. Thanks for sharing your precious memories with us.

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    1. Thank you, Mary! It's one of my favorite pictures too! Thanks for stopping by! Hope you're having a great day!

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  18. Yes !!!! Love this post something I need to do. O always make my kids costumes so fun ! Thx so much for coming by Welcome Home Wednesdays Laci @ Sequinsinthesouth

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    1. Hi, Laci! Thanks for stopping by! Halloween is always a fun time! My crew is definitely looking forward to it!

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  19. This was seriously one of the coolest things to look at. I'm so impressed that you got so many photos. I don't even know which costumes are my favorite but the picture of your daughter crying in the mirror in the octopus outfit...priceless haha! I do like the Dalmatians costumes. My FIRST daughter in 4 months old right now so seeing this post makes me realize I absolutely have to take family photos this Halloween. Even if we don't all match, it's a family getting together and being silly. Thanks for the inspiration & for liniking up with us at Welcome Home Wednesday!

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    1. Ah, thanks, Samantha! Absolutely take family pictures on Halloween - and every other holiday. It's easy to pull off because there are normally lots of people around to snap a pic and get YOU in the picture (since we are normally the picture takers). Thanks so much for hosting! I'll see you tomorrow!

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  20. So cute! Thanks for linking up and sharing! Love the Dora and Diego outfit!

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  21. Thank you for hosting! Hope to link up again soon!

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